Bookshelf News

Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel
D.A.P, 2012
Hardcover, 264 pages, $70

The artistic collaboration between Larry Sultan (1946-2009), longtime member of CCA's Photography faculty, and Mike Mandel began in 1972. Over 30 years they created 20 photographic projects, including the landmark book Evidence; exhibitions; the film JPL; three public commissions; and 12 billboard series displayed throughout California and the continental U.S. They evolved a seemingly authorless style; most of their works adapted found imagery from archives or from popular media, neutralizing the intended commercial or documentary content by uncovering and emphasizing the inherent banality. This substantial overview surveys Sultan and Mandel's three-decade collaboration. Five critical essays provide valuable insights.

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Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

CCA Furniture: Wilsonart International
Blurb, 2012
Hardcover/paperback, 50 pages, $28.95/37.95

Russell Baldon (Furniture chair) put together this book to document the coursework and travels of his furniture class in fall 2011. The finished works were exhibited in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. Read more in these CCA news articles:
CCA Furniture Department in NYC
Furniture Program Wilsonart Challenge Exhibition

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Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Cheesie Mack Is Cool in a Duel
Random House, 2012
Hardcover, 240 pages, $15.99

Adam McCauley (Illustration faculty) relates the continued adventures of 11-year-old Ronald "Cheesie" Mack and various family members, friends, and enemies in this sequel to Cheesie Mack Is Not a Genius or Anything.

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Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Maya and the Turtle: A Korean Fairy Tale
Tuttle, 2012
Hardcover, 32 pages, $14.95

This is the second illustrated book coauthored by Soma Han Stickler (Fine Art 1978) and her husband, John C. Stickler. Soma Han is a painter, sculptor, mosaic artist, and book illustrator whose work has been exhibited in galleries in the United States, Korea, and Hong Kong. The story is one she learned from her mother in Korea. Maya and the Turtle is about the rewards of kindness, patience, and courage. The protagonist, Maya, has been poor all her life, but she doesn't allow it to stop her from caring for her father, and others, as best she can. Kind and gentle, she is a lovely young girl who always puts others first. One day, she finds a little turtle and takes him home, raising and loving him, never knowing that he will play an instrumental part in her destiny.

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Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Francesco's Fountain
Lulu, 2011
Paperback, 80 pages, $7.99

This book by Katherine Rinne (Architecture faculty) is historical fiction for young adult readers who are interested in art and cities. It tells the story of Francesco, a 12-year old apprentice stonemason who leaves his small village to go to Rome in 1748. He works on the Trevi Fountain with his uncle, who designed it, and some other young apprentices. His errands and work take him all over this city of confusing streets and alleys. While he and the other apprentices are fictional characters, his uncle, Nicola Salvi and the other architects and sculptors are real historical figures. Under the guidance of these men, Francesco learns how to inspect marble and how to carve sculptural details. He learns about aqueducts and fountains and solves the mystery of the stolen water. When Rome is flooded in 1750 he helps save the Trevi Fountain.

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Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

The Jewelry and Metalwork of Marie Zimmermann
Yale University Press, 2012
Hardcover, 400 pages, $65

David Cole (Jewelry / Metal Arts faculty) spent 13 years and traveled widely to photograph the work of Marie Zimmermann for this book, which includes approximately 400 of his images. He cleaned, documented, styled, and photographed each piece, from tiny rings to mausoleums. Zimmermann was one of the most creative and important makers of metalwork in early-20th-century America. She worked in gold, silver, bronze, copper, and iron, and explored a wide range of innovative approaches to pattern, material, and surface. She led a very colorful life as well. A true eclectic in her personal life, her professional pursuits, and her creative expression, she has proven an elusive character for historians; this book gathers her full story for the first time. Essays by leading scholars in the decorative arts offer extensive new research.

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Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Darth Vader and Son
Chronicle Books, 2012
Hardcover, 64 pages, $14.95

What if Darth Vader took an active role in raising his son? What if "Luke, I am your father" was just a stern admonishment from an annoyed dad? In this comic reimagining, Darth Vader is a dad like any other . . . except with all the baggage of being the Dark Lord of the Sith. Jeffrey Brown's illustrations give classic Star Wars moments a fresh twist, presenting the trials and joys of parenting through the lens of a galaxy far, far away. Life lessons include light-saber batting practice, using the Force to raid the cookie jar, and Take Your Child to Work Day on the Death Star. The book is designed by Michael Morris (Graphic Design 2004) and spent some time on the New York Times best-seller list!

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Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Sidewalk Story
CreateSpace, 2012
Paperback, 50 pages, $14.95

Alisa Golden (Printmaking faculty) specializes in the medium of the book. Unlikely objects such as broken fences, plum pits, discarded papers, and pigeons seen on walks in Berkeley, New York, and Santa Monica were the basis for these 26 tiny stories and their accompanying photographs. The print-on-demand book contains stories and photos she's posted on her blog: sidewalkstory.tumblr.com/.

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Posted on Thursday, August 2, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Daring Adventures in Paint: Find Your Flow, Trust Your Path, and Discover Your Authentic Voice-Techniques for Painting, Sketching, and Mixed Media
Quarry Books, 2012
Paperback, 128 pages, $22.99

Daring Adventures in Paint is a colorful, whimsical book exploring paint and mixed-media techniques by the artist/illustrator/blogger Mati Rose McDonough (Painting/Drawing 2007). Through practical applications and creative exercises, McDonough shows artists how to "find their magic" -- the place of confidence from which they can access the vision of what they want to share with the world.

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Posted on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Equal of the Sun
Scribner, 2012
Hardcover, 448 pages, $26

Legendary women -- from Anne Boleyn to Queen Elizabeth I to Mary, Queen of Scots -- changed the course of history in the royal courts of 16th-century England. They are celebrated in history books and novels, but few know of the powerful women in the Muslim world, who formed alliances, served as key advisers to rulers, lobbied for power on behalf of their sons, and ruled in their own right. Equal of the Sun, a novel by Anita Amirrezvani (Writing faculty) is a tale of power, loyalty, and love in the royal court of Iran.

Her protagonist is Princess Pari Khan Khanoom Safavi. Iran in 1576 is a place of wealth and dazzling beauty. But when the Shah dies without having named an heir, the court is thrown into tumult. Princess Pari, the Shah’s daughter, knows more about the inner workings of the state than almost anyone, but the princess’s maneuvers to instill order after her father’s sudden death incite resentment and dissent. Pari and her closest adviser, Javaher, a eunuch able to navigate the harem as well as the world beyond the palace walls, are in possession of an incredible tapestry of secrets and information that reveals a power struggle of epic proportions.

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